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    (Original post by ValerieKR)
    Hi ^.^ Wow, I'm shocked that you read/replied to my comment!
    I applied successfully to trinity maths and the interview was pretty much just working through questions alone, then working through them with two maths deities' eyes on you - I think that some good practise on further further maths questions like those on STEP (or the easier Oxford equivalent) and BMO1 is probably best for that.

    The tip about talking through how you solve/think about a question with somebody far mathsier than you is dead on and very important for even maths, let alone other subjects.

    Also something about not panicking ^.^ They were the most terrifying two hours of my life!

    I can find a link for all the STEP and BMO1 past papers if you like?
    That would be extremely helpful; I share it with some applicant hopefuls if you don't mind?
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    (Original post by Ja-m-ie)
    That would be extremely helpful; I share it with some applicant hopefuls if you don't mind?
    Why would I mind? ^.^

    STEP

    Most of the past papers can be found here:
    http://mathsorchard.weebly.com/step-past-papers.html

    The ones that can't can be found here:

    http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/step/
    But this one is undergoing maintenance for now ^.^
    This link will be better once the maintenance is over

    BMO1

    All of the old BMO1s can be found here:

    https://bmos.ukmt.org.uk/home/bmo.shtml

    I'd say these are slightly harder than STEP and the interview questions (and longer) - BUT it's the same type of thinking from a different source - so good for that
    Make sure they don't accidentally think the BMO2 papers are the BMO1 ones (they're both on this page but BMO2 is much harder still)
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    (Original post by ValerieKR)
    Why would I mind? ^.^

    STEP

    Most of the past papers can be found here:
    http://mathsorchard.weebly.com/step-past-papers.html

    The ones that can't can be found here:

    http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/step/
    But this one is undergoing maintenance for now ^.^
    This link will be better once the maintenance is over

    BMO1

    All of the old BMO1s can be found here:

    https://bmos.ukmt.org.uk/home/bmo.shtml

    I'd say these are slightly harder than STEP and the interview questions (and longer) - BUT it's the same type of thinking from a different source - so good for that
    Make sure they don't accidentally think the BMO2 papers are the BMO1 ones (they're both on this page but BMO2 is much harder still)
    Amazing –*thank you
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    If I get AAA in Bio chem maths but got c's in gcse's what are my chances?
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    Good to see you're still making videos Hope working life is treating you well!
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    (Original post by Ja-m-ie)
    The number was informed by my YouTube channel, email subscribers, and traffic to the other projects I work on with third-party organisations. I have factored in unique visitors to the web-based content, as I have a fancier analytics tool than YouTube analytics because I like data, but I will confess that measuring the impact for the offline content was fuzzier. Given all of that, I came to my figure.

    Hope that clears thing up. I thought the best way was to simply lay out the rationale to be critiqued rather than the number. A number's value is worthless without context.

    Cheers –*The guy from the video
    So basically you might have counted the same person viewing your video, subscribing to your mailing list, and visiting your other projects as different people you have helped?

    I don't know what tool you're using, but for example using different browsers could lead to a website (like Survey Monkey) to recognize the same person as unique visitors.

    This is without once again pointing out the fact that you didn't seem to have any filter in place to filter out people who aren't already graduates, or not applying to a university, or not applying to a top university. You would have counted me for example, even though I wasn't applying to anywhere.

    For marketing purposes, companies really don't stretch it like this. Yes, Rihanna's might claim 15 million copies sold for Good Girl Gone Bad by not only counting shipments (not sales) but also converting single sales into equivalent album sales. But at least in a way they were still accurate with the number. Yours on the other hand was not - it'd already be misleading to use a number for all universities to back up yourself for advice specific to two, but there's really no way you can claim you have helped those people, or that they were university applicants, or that they applied to top universities. With the Rihanna example, what you could have claimed was that you have helped them understand Oxbridge application process more, or that your advice have "reached" that amount of people. It would still have been misleading because that still doesn't mean the advice would be good enough, but at least that'd be accurate.
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    (Original post by Professor Oak)
    No I don't think that's dodgy. He has around a million views on his content, so saying 100,000s is likely to be a conservative number if anything.

    If you held most companies to that standard they wouldn't be able to write much at all about who they've helped

    so it's about as legit as the number of teenagers 'reached' by Kids Company?
 
 
 
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